Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 12, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Annie Busiek, a copywriter from Chicago, IL
David Gottdenker, a technology consulting manager from Marlboro, NJ
Courtney Paulson, an assistant professor from Los Angeles, CA (1-day total: $11,700)

If you remember last season, Courtney was introduced as a graduate assistant. It now looks like she got a promotion. Congratulations!

Final Jeopardy! category: ASIAN ISLANDS

Final Jeopardy! clue: Phuket, the largest island of this country, has regained its tourism industry after a natural disaster in 2004

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What is Thailand?



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The island of Phuket was one of the hardest hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, as the western coast of Thailand is located just over 300 miles from the earthquake’s epicentre. It took just two hours to reach the island, striking the island’s west coast, flooding, and causing major damage to most of the island’s beaches.

Things were more severe in other islands like Khao Lak, as Phuket may have been aided by a number of high-rise hotels, owing to its being a tourist hotbed.

An article at the BBC from the five-year anniversary describes how quickly things have recovered.

Results will go up on the main page late afternoon and full stats early evening and will be seen in the comments section below.

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3 Comments on "Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – September 12, 2016"

  1. Andy Saunders | September 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm |

    Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
    Annie $10,800
    David $9,600
    Courtney $5,100

    Final Results:
    Courtney $5,100 – $3,800 = $1,300 (What are the Philippines?)
    David $9,600 – $1,601 = $7,999 (What is Vietnam?)
    Annie $10,800 + $10,300 = $21,100 (1-day champ: $21,100)

    Daily Double locations:
    1) U.S. CABINET DEPARTMENTS $600 (3rd pick)
    Courtney 600 +1000 (David 0 Annie 0)

    2) BRITISH POETS $1600 (14th pick)
    Annie 5000 +1000 (David 5200 Courtney 4200)
    3) IT’S A PROCESS $1600 (24th pick)
    Courtney 6200 -1500 (Annie 7600 David 6800)

    Unplayed clues:
    J! round: I LIKE YOUR COLON $800 & $1000

    Game Stats:
    Annie 11,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 1 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer
    David 9,600 Coryat, 14 correct, 2 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer
    Courtney 6,200 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer

    Courtney Paulson’s final stats:
    33 correct
    9 incorrect
    1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$500)
    1/2 in Final Jeopardy
    32.43% in first on buzzer (36/111)
    Average Coryat: $8,800

    Annie Busiek’s stats to date:
    14 correct
    1 incorrect
    1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
    1/1 in Final Jeopardy
    23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
    Average Coryat: $11,400

    Annie Busiek, to win:
    2 games: 43.22%
    3: 18.68%
    4: 8.08%
    5: 3.49%
    6: 1.51%
    Avg. streak: 1.761 games.

  2. I am looking for a wording of an answer that begin with ‘Mucho’. I am interested in it for a linguistics class I am taking and I didn’t tape the episode. Do you have that information? Thanks!

    • Andy Saunders | September 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm |

      Yes! It was IT’S A PROCESS $400: Mucho methane is released from this process of injecting high-pressure fluid into underground rock to free gas & oil (What is fracking?)

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